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bridgepoint education

Bridgepoint Education Inc. is a higher education company built upon innovation and a passion for learning. By harnessing creativity, Bridgepoint has re-engineered the modern student experience with innovative solutions that advance learning. To learn more about Bridgepoint Education’s corporate social responsibility, click here.

Duke's La Jolla/Jake's Del Mar

Duke’s La Jolla/Jake’s Del Mar strives to create timeless memories and lifelong friendships, with sunsets and Aloha. The company started with a friendship between Sandy Saxten and Rob Thibaut who decided they loved restaurants and the people, the upbeat tempo, and the variety of business skills required to succeed. They became partners in the restaurant business and their company has grown on the foundation of friendship and respect for every individual. Duke’s La Jolla/Jake’s Del Mar now have thirteen restaurants, all in beautiful places. Even with their greater size, they still consider themselves just a small group of close friends.


ESET is a global security company that makes Antivirus and other software technology that protects individuals and businesses from cyberattacks.

Hoehn Motors

For over 85 years and four generations, Hoehn Motors has always been about one thing – world class. From our cars to our sales staff to our service, we want you to experience the best the world has to offer. The Hoehn family invittes you to visit our dealerships in Carlsbad and Temecula. Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercendes-Benz, Porsche, and Sprinter. Because at Hoehn, we believe everyone should feel world class. To learn more, please visit HoehnMotors.com.

Hughes Marino

Hughes Marino is an industry-leading commercial real estate company that exclusively represents corporate tenants and buyers in lease and purchase transactions across the nation. While most commercial real estate firms still represent both landlords and tenants, Hughes Marino stands apart, avoiding these conflicts of interest and instead specializing on providing tenants with the most objective, professional real estate expertise available, with a 100% guarantee of service and results. Hughes Marino services includes tenant representation, program, project and construction management, lease audit and administration, and culture and design consulting.  


Illumina is improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome. We innovate DNA sequencing and array-based technologies to serve customers in the research, clinical, and applied markets. Our corporate citizenship efforts aim to share the promise of genomics with communities around the world. Through our employees, we are inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in STEM, bringing hope to patients and helping our communities embrace the power of genomics.

Mission Federal Credit Union

Mission Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit organization providing a wide variety of financial services to meet the needs of its customers. With nearly $3.4 billion in assets, 30 local branches, and more than 228,000 customers, Mission Fed is the largest, locally based financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County.

San Diego Magazine

Since 1948, San Diego Magazine has been the leading lifestyle publication in the region. Written by editors who live and breathe San Diego, the content is engaging, relevant and timely. San Diego Magazine reaches more than 838,000 readers each month across a multi-media platform connecting readers to the content they desire in every format that suits their lifestyle.


SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by delivering 43 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come.

Solar Turbines

Solar Turbines Incorporated, headquartered in San Diego, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. Solar manufactures the world’s most widely used family of mid-sized industrial gas turbines. More than 15,000 Solar units are operating in 100 countries around the world. Primary applications include electric power generation, oil and natural gas production, and natural gas transmission. With a global team of 7,000 talented individuals, Solar powers the future through sustainable, innovative energy solutions.